Okay, this ‘new’ game has a bit of backstory. Hold on…
Do you know who Dr. Tim Langdell is? If the answer is ‘yes’ then I won’t have to tell you how nutty he is, but if the answer is ‘no’ then you may want to go here and read up on him.
In short: He used to run a software house back in the 80’s but hasn’t don’t much in the way of releasing software since then, because one day he apparently woke up and thought it was a better idea to run his company by using psychological terror and sue people left and right over the rights to games released through his company, instead of actually releasing software. The man is very protective of his trademarks…even if he doesn’t actually own them. Sometimes there’s a fine line between being eccentric and plain nutty, and he’s crossed that line by leaps and bounds. He calls himself a doctor, but he’s clearly more the patient type. 😉
Several remakes has been shut down due to his threats, so in a moment of defiance I decided to remake a game that was originally released by his company, which is something he don’t like, but I don’t take kindly to screwlooseyness(tm) and didn’t care. Well, I cared enough to invent a new author, Dr. Bacon (which is kind of a dual in-joke since Mr. Langdell calls himself a doctor and I’m currently working on a remake of Psycho Pigs UXB) and a new blog to put it on, but I’m now ‘coming out of the closet’ :), as I’m quite proud of my Starbike remake.
The whole idea was to see if he noticed the game and would go on to sue me, so I could earn myself a cease and desist order, which I would’ve promptly awarded with a ‘p*ss off w*anker’ letter (which is why I used an alias as a buffer – y’know…deniability and all that), but it’s been 5 months now and he’s probably too busy with his Electronic arts lawsuit. Well, he could still notice it and sue me anyway, but then Ill just have to tell him the same thing – just as myself. 😀
So, grab the game while you can. Not that I expect it to ‘go away’ – even if I’m ordered to remove the game I can still send people a link in an email, right? 😉
One comfort I have, in case the nutty professor doctor decides to take his marital problems out on me, is that I’ve been in contact with Paul Curtis, the programmer of the original game, and he’s certain that the rights to the game belongs to him, and I have his blessings to release this game.
So there. 🙂
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